World Extreme Cagefighting is back on Versus Sunday night for the first time in almost four months, with a card that might feel like something of a letdown compared to April's pay-per-view offering, but should nonetheless provide plenty of the fireworks that the WEC consistently offers.
We've got the preview and predictions on the five-fight televised card below.
What: WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus
When: The non-televised undercard starts at 7 PM ET Sunday and the Versus card starts at 9.
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Predictions on the five televised fights:
Jamie Varner vs. Kamal Shalorus
This fight represents a major step up in competition for Shalorus, an Iranian wrestler who's still basically a novice in mixed martial arts. Varner is the former WEC lightweight champion and will probably get a rematch with the man who took his belt, Ben Henderson, if he beats Shalorus. I think he'll do just that, with his superior striking proving to be too much for Shalorus on the feet.
Mark Hominick vs. Yves Jabouin
Jabouin is an explosive striker who got what came out on the wrong end of what I thought was a bad split decision against Rafael Assuncao last year in his WEC debut. Hominick is the more experienced fighter and the favorite, but I like Jabouin to come out on top in this battle of Canadians.
Josh Grispi vs. LC Davis
The 21-year-old Grispi is a well-rounded fighter who has taken more than a year off since his 2009 victory over Jens Pulver. I like Grispi to get back on track against Davis and keep marching toward a future featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo.
Chris Horodecki vs Danny Downes
Although he's coming off a bad loss to Anthony Njokuani, Horodecki is the biggest favorite of any fighter on the board, and he should handle Downes, who's 6-0 but has never fought anyone with even close to the skill level of Horodecki.
Eddie Wineland vs. Will Campuzano
Wineland is a former WEC bantamweight champion who has been somewhat overlooked in the division as fighters like Dominick Cruz, Brian Bowles, Miguel Torres and Joseph Benavidez have passed him by. I don't think Wineland is ever going to be on the same level as those guys, but I do think he's superior to Campuzano and should handle him where ever he wants to take the fight.